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Thread: Apple and Time Magazine Partner For Clever iPad Mini Ad

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    Default Apple and Time Magazine Partner For Clever iPad Mini Ad


    Apple and Time Magazine collaborated on a fantastic example of cooperative advertising, even if the ad does blur the line between editorial responsibility and the business side of a reputable publication.

    The ad itself is clever in its simplicity. On the back cover the iPad mini sits against a white background with the current Time issue displayed on the iPad mini as it would appear when being viewed via Apple’s Newsstand. The only text in the ad is the iPad mini logo position just to the left of the device.

    Redditor Royal-w-Cheese posted photos of the ad last night, which is reminiscent of a cover-clone ad in this week’s New Yorker. This type of cross-collaboration between the editorial and advertising arms of noted journalistic publications is becoming increasingly common. Even a few years ago an ad like this would have been scoffed at, especially by Time who has famously held a strict separation between editorial decisions and the business side of the Magazine.

    However, Apple appears to have overcome any objections and produced one of the more refreshing consumer electronic print ads in some time. And, Time gets to advertise its presence on Apple’s iPad Newsstand. Hopefully this isn’t the start of a slippery slope for Time and other publications scrambling to save the solvency of their publications.

    Source: TUAW

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    it's an extremely dangerous environment when the press (who's stated responsibility it is to objectively inform the public) becomes a mouthpiece for corporations (who's stated goal is seeking maximum profit over anything else). though this is probably a fairly lame example of the problem, the mainstream press has been a mouthpiece for corporate agendas and the highest bidders in general for quite some time now.

    don't expect a stranger with tons at stake (with respect to your opinion of the information they present) to be objective and tell you the truth.

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    "Even a few years ago an ad like this would have been scoffed at, especially by Time who has famously held a strict separation between editorial decisions and the business side of the Magazine."

    LOLWUT? There is no editorial content in the ad. This is not an example of blurring those lines at all! The bigger problem is that other writers are pretending that there is an issue where there isn't one just so they can write a story. Hmm.

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